What Are Attributive and Predicative Adjectives?
Adjectives modify nouns in sentences. Based on their positions in statements, we divide them into two groups. Take a look at the list below:
- Attributive Adjectives
- Predicative Adjectives
When an adjective comes before a noun in a sentence, we call it an attributive adjective. Take a look at the following examples:
Samantha is a
As you can see, the adjective has come before the noun it is modifying.
In contrast to attributive adjectives, predicative adjectives come after the noun they are modifying in the sentence. These adjectives come after the linking verb. Study the following examples carefully:
That girl is
His girlfriend was
As you can see, the adjective has come after the noun and especially after the linking verb.
Be careful that in some cases, the adjective comes immediately after the noun it is modifying. We call them 'postpositive adjectives'. They mostly modify pronouns. Pay attention to the examples below:
Can you please suggest something
The only hotel
As you can see, the adjective has come immediately after the noun/pronoun.
It is useful to know that most adjectives can be both attributive and predictive in English. However, there are a few adjectives that can only be attributive such as 'live', 'elder', 'main.' Also, there are some that can only function as predictive adjectives such as 'afraid', 'alone', 'asleep.' Take a look at the following examples:
She is my
(Not she is my sister
That girl is
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Types of Adjectives
Adjectives are the most used words in sentences. There are several types of adjectives according to their uses. Let's get to know them!
Descriptive adjectives are adjectives that modify a noun or pronoun by showing its quality. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Comparative adjectives are used to compare one noun to another noun. Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more nouns.
Compound adjectives are used as one single adjective. They function as the head of the sentence. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.
Proper adjectives are commonly used in English. They tend to modify nouns and pronouns. in this lesson, we will learn more about them.